15 Winter Riding Essentials from Horse Tack Co.
By Shannon Fox
Winter riding is inevitable; unlike other sports where it’s easy to leave your equipment in the garage and wait for spring, we equestrians know that we have a horse or pony waiting for us at the stable. That means trudging to the barn in high wind, snow or rain, even when it’s 20 below. Whether this is your first winter riding in the cold or you’re a cold weather pro, we’ve compiled a list of 15 horseback riding essentials to get you through even the toughest of winters. Plus you can use the promo code “LoveTheRide” upon checkout at Horse Tack Co. to receive 15% off your your order, all the time and anytime (some restrictions on brands do apply)!
5 Absolutely Must Haves
A Good Waterproof Jacket– A good jacket is a fundamental part of your winter riding gear. Our favorite is the Ariat Caldo H20 jacket. Not only is it waterproof, it even has a hood you can pull up and over your helmet. It’s lined with cozy micro fleece and features stretch mesh that moves with you and keeps you from sweating.
Wool Socks- A dedicated pair of winter riding boots isn’t always in the budget, but a few pairs of soft wool blend socks from Kerrits certainly are. Thin enough to slip inside your existing boots, these socks will keep your feet warm on the most bitterly cold days, best of all, these don’t itch.
Waterproof Rubber Boots- If your horse lives outside you know the struggle of sloshing through the mud and snow. Luckily the Ariat Ladies Fernlee Rubber Boot will keep the freezing water out. These are affordable, yet weather resistant enough to get you through the entire winter. Bonus- these come in two great colors, a welcome pop in the dreary winter.
Warm, Weather Resistant Gloves- A good pair of winter riding gloves is worth its weight in gold. We love the Heritage Extreme Winter Glove because it perfectly balances keeping your hands warm with the flexibility to actually be able to ride. Extra perk- they have a pocket to slip a hand warmer inside.
Long Sleeve Riding Shirt- The key to staying warm while winter riding is lots and lots of layers. Start with a thin long sleeve shirt like the Kerrits Ice Fil Long sleeve Shirt in Dusk to add warmth without adding bulk. The best part is that this top easily transitions to wear for spring riding. The High-Tech Ice Fil system works to wick sweat away from your skin, meaning you stay comfortable and dry no matter the season.
5 Have to Haves
Earwrap- Is there anything worse than having cold ears? It doesn’t help that most helmets offer no protection from the cold winter air. Luckily, we have a solution for you. The riding helmet cover by Exselle is designed to cover your helmet and keep you neck and ears toasty. Made with a Lycra top and a soft polo fleece bottom. Plus it’s fully adjustable- score!
Scarf- Scarves obviously keep your neck toasty warm, but wrapping the bottom across your nose and mouth on the coldest of days in the saddle is a game changer. We love this stylish grey cable knit scarf by Ariat.
Winter Breeches- While you may be able to get through winter just fine in your regular breeches, we bet once you slip on a pair of fleece lined riding tights you won’t be able to go back. Check out the Kerrits Flow Rise Performance tights which come in a bunch of trendy colors.
Winter Riding Boots- If you’re in the market for a good pair of winter riding boots, you have to check out the Ariat Ladies Extreme Tall H20 Insulated Boot. This ultimate outdoor riding boot is stylish, durable and waterproof, and breathable.
Down Jacket- A down jacket may add more bulk than some of the other products on our list, but there’s no denying it will keep you plenty warm while you ride and do your barn chores. The Ariat Ladies Ideal Down Jacket is specifically cut to flatter the female figure and features lots of insulation against the cold. Choose from black or herringbone print!
5 Nice to Have Items
Hand Warmers- Slip these hand warmers from Cashel against your toes or into the pocket of your Heritage Extreme Winter Gloves to keep your extremities toasty warm on the days when it requires a Herculean effort to get yourself out of the warm car and into the barn. Plus, these make great stocking stuffers.
Boot Liners- Line the inside of your riding boots with a pair of boot liners. This pair from Tuffrider features a full synthetic fleece lining and faux fur cuff that you can roll down over the top of your boots to keep the liners in place. Staying warm doesn’t have to sacrifice fashion.
Riding Leggings- Don’t want to shell out for a pair of winter riding breeches? Try layering these riding leggings under your current breeches to stay nice and warm.
Riding Rain Jacket- If you live in a very rainy climate and don’t have access to an indoor ring, you’ll want to add this lightweight, PVC jacket to your horse riding gear.
Knit Hat- When an ear warmer isn’t enough, grab the Ariat Cable Knit Hat for a day at the barn. This hat will quickly become your favorite accessory. It’s cute and comfortable enough to wear beyond the barn.
What did we miss? What item is your on winter riding equipment must-have list?
And don’t forget to always save when shopping at Horse Tack Co. by using the promo code “Love The Ride” (to save 15% off your order) upon checkout- stay warm and happy trails from your Horse Tack Co. family